It’s been a pretty quiet winter so far – no crazy snow (yet), but there have been a couple of ridiculously warm days that had me tempted to unplug Mia from the battery tender and take her for a ride. Now we’re back to weather that more resembles a proper Midwest winter, and we’ve got a winter storm warning for this weekend – which means it’s proper Subaru weather, haha. I might have to find an excuse to drive Lapis somewhere this weekend, just to see how she handles in proper snow. (Don’t worry, though, if we’ve got a blizzard, nobody’s going anywhere. Better safe than sorry!)
So, yeah. Not much in the adventure realm for either of my girls, so instead of rambling about places I’ve been, I’ll share one of my favorite pictures of Mia from her first winter. I dragged her out on a snowy afternoon to get some pictures of her in the snow, and this one turned out rather well. (It’s a rare picture of her before she had the black swirly decals on her! Which I’ll probably replace this year, I miss them.)
Lapis’s odometer reading: 3554 miles, approximately Mia’s odometer reading: still sitting at 7792.7 miles
Yep, I woke up to a snow-covered Lapis this morning – her first snow ever! (Speaking of which, I’m much less nervous about driving Lapis in the snow than I was when it came to driving the old car in the snow – hooray all-wheel drive!)
I’m glad I no longer have to ride around on Mia in this weather – pretty sure neither of us enjoyed it, heh.
Lapis’s odometer reading: 2765 miles, I’m pretty sure Mia’s odometer reading: same as last time, she’s in hibernation for the winter
Lapis went in for her first service last week! Everyone at Royal Subaru was kind of astonished that I only had barely over 2,500 miles on her, but I don’t drive quite as much as Ross (who hit 10k on Luna this week, I think), so the miles aren’t going to pile up quite as quickly. My 5-mile commute probably has something to do with that, heh.
With the colder weather coming, I’m really glad I traded in the Versa Note for Lapis – she warms up way faster than the Versa Note did, and the all wheel drive is going to come in really handy when the snow flies. I’m actually looking forward to winter driving! How crazy is that?
Speaking of winter, I think Mia’s pretty much entered her winter hibernation for the year. It got cold really quickly here (a few weeks ago, it went from the high 80s to the mid 50s in the same week!), and my cold tolerance isn’t what it used to be. So, unless we get a warm day anytime soon, I’ll probably tuck Mia away in the garage and let her sleep for the winter. It’s Mia’s first official winter off with me – while she spent last winter garaged at my mom-in-law’s house, she wasn’t my scooter at that point. I think she’ll appreciate not having to run in sub-zero temperatures.
It’s strange – I don’t think I’ve actually winterized a scooter since 2011, when I first got Scooterlou. Even then, she was only put away for two months before the weather warmed up again (it hit 70 degrees in January of 2012!) and I dragged her out to ride. I’ve almost forgotten what you need to do to winterize a scooter! Ross put in some Sta-bil, and we’ve got her hooked up to the battery tender, but what else do you do to winterize a scooter? I’m going to have to do some research.
Lapis’s estimated odometer reading: I know I hit 2600 miles yesterday Mia’s current odometer reading: 7792.7 miles
Yesterday was Mia’s 5th birthday – or, more accurately, five years since she got unloaded off the truck at Wick’s Wheels. Being friends with the scooter shop owner got me some good perks, like actually being able to unbox my own scooter.
I remember anxiously awaiting the post-delivery inspection to be done so I could ride my new scooter home. I’d only ridden a Buddy a few times before, the Wick’s Wheels “shop Buddy”, and really enjoyed it – and I was super excited to take my very own Buddy home.
I didn’t realize just how attached I’d get to this scooter over the years, or how much she’d be tied into my identity. People at the office knew me as “the girl with the green scooter”, or “wait, you’re the one who rides to the office in February? You’re either brave or crazy!” (It’s a little of both, to be honest.)
You know, Mia and I even made it into the 2014 Genuine Scooter Company catalog – and for a little while, I was scooter-famous, haha.
As I rode home from work yesterday in the 90+ degree heat, and scootered past where Wick’s Wheels used to be, I told Mia that she was the best scooter in the world, and that I’m so lucky I’ve got her back. I don’t think I’d be where I am today without her, to be honest. She was my main mode of transportation from when I bought her in 2013 until I got my driver’s license in 2017, and she took me everywhere. Work, doctors appointments, the mall, and even on some longer trips – like the 20 miles out to J and Kasi’s by Lake Lemon, or the 40 miles out to Nashville, IN. (We actually made that trip before I properly broke her in, I think, oops. Oh well, she still runs like a champ.)
I rode her to my interview for my full-time job at IT Training, with yoga shorts on under my dress to make sure I didn’t accidentally flash someone. I rode her to the house just after Ross and I signed all the paperwork on it and got the keys, so I could drop off a tiny load of stuff into the room that would eventually become my craft room (it’s the same color as Mia, and I told Ross I’d fight him for this room, because clearly it was meant to be mine). I put all but 325ish of her 7787 miles on her. And I love her dearly.
I’m glad she’s back in the garage.
Lapis’s odometer reading: 2185 miles, thereabouts (it’s harder to just quickly check her mileage, I have to actually turn her on to see her odometer!)
Mia’s odometer reading: 7787.7 miles precisely (I just checked)
Something pretty awesome happened over the weekend – something I didn’t quite expect. (Well, I knew it was happening, but you get the idea.)
I got Mia back!
For those of you who don’t know, back before I was brave enough to be on the road in a car, I figured a scooter would be a good way to commute places and get used to being on the road. (In retrospect, I think I might have been a little crazy, thinking a scooter was a better idea than a car, but scootering for so long helped me be a better driver, I think.) I started out on a little Honda Metropolitan named Scooterlou, and had her for just shy of two years before I traded her in for Mia. I’m Mia’s first owner, and even got lucky enough to watch her get unloaded from the delivery truck and help unbox her. I’m ridiculously attached to this little green scooter, probably even more than I’m attached to Lapis (and that’s a heck of a lot!). I rode her everywhere – even out to Lake Lemon and Nashville, IN. I decorated her for the holidays. I even had a ham radio antenna on her for a little while. She was my first taste at independence, and I loved her for helping me get wherever I needed to go. She was a huge part of my life.
When I finally got my license, though, I didn’t want to succumb to the temptation of just scootering to work because it was easier, and so I ended up selling Mia to my brother-in-law, Damion. Since Mia ended up going to family, I wasn’t quite as heartbroken about selling her as I was when I traded in Scooterlou for Mia, because I knew I’d get to see her and ride her every now and then. Plus, Damion ended up enjoying Mia as much as I did, which made me ridiculously happy. I knew she was in a good place. 🙂
But then Damion got a car. And asked if I wanted Mia back, because as he put it, “Mia has been telling me lately that she misses you.” I won’t lie – I cried. I was getting my girl back. Sure, I love Lapis, and I love the freedom she gives me – but driving a car isn’t the same as riding a scooter. I feel more in touch with everything around me when I’m scootering. I love the feeling of the wind in my face, the roar of Mia’s little two-stroke engine, the stink of scooter fumes from said two-stroke engine.
Since I’ve got her back, I got to thinking – do I really want to have two separate blogs for both vehicles that pretty much cover the same thing, me rambling about how much I love said vehicles? And the answer: not really, haha. So, this blog is now going to be Adventures with Lapis and Mia – and I’ll ramble about both of them here, since I love them both lots and I plan on owning both of them until they die.
Lapis’s odometer reading: 1716ish miles Mia’s odometer reading: 7716 miles